This amazing image was taken by NASA photographer Thierry Legault at 12:17 EST on May 13 as the shuttle Atlantis and Hubble Space Telescope passed in front of the sun, a fleeting transit lasting only .8 seconds.
More images of this and the previous day’s transit can be found on Legault’s website.
Mission astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis are currently performing repairs on the orbiting Hubble Telescope, as well as installing new advanced cameras and imaging equipment meant to greatly extend the abilities – and lifespan – of Hubble, launched in 1990. Mission details can be seen here.
This will be the last time Atlantis will visit the telescope before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010.
Image credit: NASA/Thierry Legault